Implementing Sustainability Principles -Sharing Information on Progress (Dec/Jan)

Students at Oxford Brookes University

Students at Oxford Brookes University

Every month, several new Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports come across my desk. These SIP reports are full of interesting and innovative projects aimed at embedding the Principles of PRME across campus. In this new series of blogs, I will feature just a small selection of these projects taken from recently submitted reports. This month, we take a look at examples from South Africa, United Kingdom, Mexico, Denmark, USA and Australia.

1.     Purpose: Management College of Southern Africa, South Africa

Management College of Southern Africa in Durban seeks to develop ethically responsible students that are respectful of their social and natural environments. Their vision is to impart and create ideas that deepen and advance our understanding of management and with those ideas to develop innovative, insightful and responsible leaders and entrepreneurs in developing economies that can enable change in Africa and the world.

2.     Values: Oxford Brookes Business School, United Kingdom

The “Accountants in Mentoring” scheme offers all final year accounting and finance students the opportunity to work with a mentor from industry or practice. The purpose of the mentorship programme is to help students make the transition from academic life into employment by working closely with a mentor on career plans, employability skills and self-awareness. The mentors, many of whom are Brookes alumni, volunteer from a wide range of businesses and organisations, allowing students the opportunity to match up with a suitably qualified professional.

3.     Method: Universidad Anahuac Facultad de Economia y Negocios, Mexico

The IDEARSE Programme, roughly translated as the Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Supply Chain, was a collaboration that took place from 2004 to 2008 between several national and International organisations and benefited over 100 SMEs in the supply chain of 10 large companies including CEMEX, Coca-Cola, FEMSA, Grupo Modelo, Grupo Zapata, HOMEX, Novartis, Santander, Sony and Wyeth. The IDEARSE Center was created at the conclusion of this project to continue this work as well as embed sustainability and responsible leadership across the University. The Center is involved in a wide range of projects including providing classes, workshops and diplomas around the topic of social responsibility. It also offers services and a CSR certification programme for SMEs, coordinates a network of CSR executives in Mexico and even launched a magazine about CSR in Mexico for executives.

4.     Research: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Copenhagen Business School has a collection of free cases as part of its commitment to PRME. With responsible management as a common theme, the cases address a number of interdisciplinary subjects, making them suitable for a wide range of courses in business schools and universities.  Faculty across the business school are invited to submit proposals for new cases with a clear responsibility angle, which are relevant for both teaching and research purposes. This includes cases such as ‘Establishing a Carbon Offsetting Programme at a Hybrid Airline’, ‘Sustainability in the Auto Industry’, ‘How Danish Sports Brand hummel wants to change the world through sport andVestas and the Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca Mexic. For more, visit the Case Collection Website.

5.     Partnerships: The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine, USA

The Paul Merage School of Business’ Center for Global Leadership launched a flagship programme called the Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI). The programme pairs MBA student teams with local non-profit and governmental organisations for no-fee consulting projects. SRI has been a valuable resource for non-profit organisations especially in times of economic challenges. In turn, SRI is a meaningful way for MBA students to gain real-world consulting experience, obtain insight into non-profit organisations and positively impact the community.

6.     Dialogue: Widener University, USA

Students at Widener University are involved in a range of projects with the local community. They offer assistance to low-income taxpayers in order to help them file their federal income tax returns. In many cases these services result in much-needed tax refunds. Students worked with transportation company UPS to collect and distribute food to help the Better Living Center around the Thanksgiving holiday. Students have also worked closely with several local companies on their sustainability strategies including Earthwise Lanscapes and Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters.

+Organisational Practices: University of Western Australia, Australia

The University of Western Australia’s Environmental Services provides all staff with a Green Office Guide that provides suggestions on initiatives that staff members can implement to green their individual spaces. Additionally, the University celebrated its Centenary year in 2013, and among the many events, were a series of high-level Leaders’ Luncheons aimed at stimulating local debate on important regional issues that took place in remote parts of Western Australia.

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